As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
We are created in the image and likeness of God. This reality means that our pilgrimage of self-discovery is also a journey toward God. The more clearly we see our authentic selves the more likely we are to see the image of God.
The themes and prayers contained in the Spiritual Exercises provide us means to uncover our true desires, seeking not for what I want but rather asking, “What does God want for me?”
In today’s Gospel Jesus shares with us an incredible insight about what God desires. What might it mean if I focused my being on mercy rather than sacrifice? I think perhaps I should worry less about others, and me, living up to “expectations” and more about forgiving others, and myself.
—Jerry Skoch is a Spiritual Director and Vice President & Chief Mission Officer at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH.
Dear Lord Jesus, you know I am the sick sinner you care for. Please help me to remember you are the physician and Savior not me. Amen.
—Jerry SkochPlease share the Good Word with your friends!